2021 National Distracted Driving Awareness MonthApril 2, 2021 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Every day more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving accidents. The National Safety Council (NSC) says talking on a cell phone, even if it is hands-free, texting or programming in-vehicle infotainment systems, diverts a driver’s attention from driving.
Even though there was less traffic in 2020 because of pandemic closures, 4.8 million roadway users were seriously injured. Because of this, the NSC is urging President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to commit to zero roadway deaths by 2050.
"It is tragic that in the U.S., we took cars off the roads and didn't reap any safety benefits," said Lorraine M. Martin, President, and CEO of the National Safety Council. "These data expose our lack of an effective roadway safety culture. It is past time to address roadway safety holistically and effectively, and NSC stands ready to assist all stakeholders, including the federal government."
In April 2021, law enforcement is cracking down on distracted driving with its national advertising campaign – U Drive. U Text. UPay.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends everyone including teens, parents, educators, and employers, get involved in the effort to eliminate distracted driving.
Teens – The NHTSA encourages teens to speak up when they see friends driving while distracted because they are the best messengers to their peers.
Parents – Parents set examples for their children. They should never drive distracted and speak with their young drivers about distraction and the responsibilities that come with a driver’s license.
Educators and Employers – Educators and employers can spread the word about distracted driving and the danger it presents to themselves and others on the roadways.
“We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. see the devastation caused to our clients and their families because of other distracted drivers. A first step towards eliminating distracted driving is to take the NSC Just Drive pledge we include below,” said Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
I pledge to Just Drive for my own safety and for others with whom I share the roads. I choose to not drive distracted in any way – I will not:
- Have a phone conversation – handheld, hands-free, or via Bluetooth
- Use voice-to-text features in my vehicle’s dashboard system
- Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, YouTube, Vimeo, or other social media
- Check or send emails
- Take selfies or film videos
- Input destinations into GPS (while the vehicle is in motion)
- Call or message someone else when I know they are driving
“If you or a loved one is injured in a distracted driving accident because of the negligence of another, please contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. after seeking medical attention. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation.
We are available 24/7 to assist you, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you,” said Attorney Spivey.
Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A, in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.